by: S. Scott Stanikmas
It feels like Warner Bros is rushing into things with their DC Cinematic Universe.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is in the midst of post-production and Suicide Squad is right in the middle of their shooting schedule. But it looks like WB wants to keep the train rolling along and has scheduled the shooting timeframes for the next two films.
According to Empire’s recent BVS story, we’ve got a good idea as to where the films are headed and just how busy the producers on these films really are:
Logistically it is staggering. As Batman V Superman gains its coat of special effects, and the various stages of editing, scoring, grading and sound mixing are completed, Deborah Snyder, along with Roven, is watching over a sandbox that stretches around the world. Jenkins is in London prepping Wonder Woman, which will shoot there this autumn. Suicide Squad, already well underway in Toronto under the earthy gaze of Ayer, will shoot through to September. “I do watch the dailies,” she promises, enthusing about the film’s “street quality.” They are already doing soft prep for the Justice League, which will begin shooting in the spring, and overseeing the script for Aquaman, which James Wan will direct.
This just feels…wrong. I get that the studio wants to keep things going, especially if Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad are hits. You want to keep the momentum rolling. And besides that, they’ve already announced release dates for these films up through 2020, so they have a tight schedule to adhere to.
I hate that Warner Bros isn’t letting this happen naturally. When Marvel Studios started their Universe with Iron Man and Phase One, there was no public announcement of Phase One. They let fans get excited about each film as it came out and then said “Oh, by the way, we’ve got this coming out too!” Now when they release a slate of films for a Phase, it’s not to force these films down the movie-going public’s throat – it’s to amp excitement that has been earned and justified after eight years of really good films.
Starting next year, the fans and Warner Bros will start to see if all this prep work pays off. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016 with Suicide Squad dropping a few months later on August 5. Wonder Woman debuts on June 23, 2017 with the first Justice League movie coming out November 17, 2017.